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Planning for a Safe Return to Campus - Fall 2021

Ryerson’s COVID-19 Health & Safety on Campus webpage contains information that is relevant to all Ryerson University community members.

The university continues to limit access to campus unless your position requires you to be on campus as part of your duties and you have been approved by a senior leader. Faculty, staff and essential visitors who have been approved to access campus are required to complete health screening prior to coming to campus each day, which can be found on Ryerson’s COVID-19 Faculty, Staff & Visitor Health Screening webpage.

Physical distancing requirements in indoor instruction spaces

According to the most recent guidance released from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and amendments to the applicable emergency regulations, physical distancing guidelines have been relaxed for indoor instructional spaces at post-secondary institutions.

2 metre physical distancing required in all other spaces

In all other spaces on campus, such as common spaces and corridors, the two-metre physical distancing requirement continues to be required by law, and will remain in place until further notice. It is recommended that faculty members hold office hours online, and that staff continue to meet virtually where possible. Review information on physical distancing on campus.

Please refer to the September 2 announcement regarding requirements to access campus this fall.

For faculty members, please contact your Dean to discuss your concerns. 

For contract lecturers, please contact your Chair/Director to discuss your concerns.

For Chang School contract lecturers, please contact your Program Director to discuss your concerns.

Fall 2021 remains a transition semester, therefore a limited number of in-person activities will take place on campus. Some campus services, primarily those for students, will be open. All exterior campus building doors will also be locked and will require a OneCard to gain access to the interior of campus buildings. For more information, visit Community Safety and Security’s webpage about building access during COVID-19. For more information about services available this fall, please refer to Ryerson’s COVID-19 Campus Status webpage.

Effective September 1, 2021, the university will no longer be providing reimbursement of parking costs for those required to be on campus. Employees coming to campus can either park in one of the public parking lots near campus or obtain a parking permit from Parking Services. 

More information about on-campus parking permits and parking arrangements can be found on Ryerson’s Business Services webpage.

Vaccinations

To protect the health and safety of community members on campus and to comply with the recommendations from public health authorities and the provincial government’s mandate, Ryerson University will require individuals to submit proof of vaccination. Individuals who require an exemption from the requirement for vaccination for reasons related to protected grounds under Ontario's Human Rights Code or for medical reasons may be permitted to attend campus, subject to regular testing requirements and other health and safety measures that may be implemented by the university. For more information, visit the university’s COVID-19 webpage dedicated to vaccinations.

No, faculty members and contract lecturers are not allowed to ask for proof of vaccination. Students will upload their proof via the Ryerson SafeApp, which tracks uploaded vaccination documents.

Should a student ask about your vaccination status, you are not required to disclose this information.

Masks and PPE

At present, the law requires that a mask or face covering must be worn by every person while indoors in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin. Please refer to Ryeron’s face mask policy and procedure, as well as Ryerson’s COVID-19 webpage dedicated to masks and PPE, for more information.

Yes, students, faculty, contract lecturers and staff are required to wear a mask or face covering in classrooms unless a policy exemption applies.

Faculty and contract lecturers are required to wear a mask or face covering while teaching unless they are able to deliver the class from behind a physical barrier while maintaining a physical distance of six feet from students at all times; or they are exempt from wearing a face mask in accordance with Section III of the policy. Faculty and staff may also remove their masks or face coverings while they are working in areas not open to the public provided they are able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person.

While we all have a role to play in keeping our community safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19, we are all adjusting to the new normal of COVID-19 safety guidelines. If one of your TA/GA/RAs has temporarily removed their mask, or they’ve forgotten to wear it, lead with a gentle and helpful reminder to put it back on.

If the TA/GA/RA does not identify that they qualify for an exemption and non-compliance is a recurring issue, contact your HR Partner for assistance.

While we all have a role to play in keeping our community safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19, we are all adjusting to the new normal of COVID-19 safety guidelines. If someone’s mask has been temporarily removed, or they’ve forgotten to put it on, lead with a gentle and helpful reminder to put it back on.

Faculty and contract lecturers may gently remind a student to wear a mask, and to confirm if an exemption applies. Please remember that proof of exemption is not required.

If someone does not indicate an exemption, faculty/contract lecturers are asked to handle it as a course management issue. If the circumstances are significantly disruptive or pose significant safety concerns, you may request assistance from Community Safety and Security, or any other unit in the university implicated by the conduct and policies, procedures, rules, regulations and practices at play.

While we all have a role to play in keeping our community safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19, we are all adjusting to the new normal of COVID-19 safety guidelines. It is likely that students will ask you why you are not wearing a mask. Should this occur, and you have an exemption, you are not required to disclose proof of your exemption to the student.

While faculty and contract lecturers are not responsible to ensure compliance of the mask policy, they do play a key role in making sure students understand the requirement. To help with this, faculty and contract lecturers should:

  • Remind students of the need to wear a mask within classrooms. 
  • Remind students that some students may be exempt.
  • Remind students that they may seek academic accommodations or alternative learning arrangements if they are concerned about sharing a space with someone exempt from wearing a mask.

The recommended response to incidents in your classroom will vary depending on the seriousness of the disruption.

Other than medical advice issues as addressed above, faculty and contract lecturers should, where possible, take an educational approach to resolving issues related to COVID-19 measures.

If the circumstances are significantly disruptive or pose significant health and safety concerns, you may request assistance from Community Safety and Security, or any other unit in the University implicated by the conduct and policies, procedures, rules, regulations and practices at play.

Where there are repeated incidents involving the same student or where there is a significant disruption, faculty and contract lecturers may also contact Student Care for advice on addressing the situation.

Ryerson is supplying all employees required to work on campus with two cloth masks. Arrangements have been made for masks to be delivered to each department. Please contact your Chair/Director/Chang Program Director or departmental administrative staff to obtain your masks.

More information on masks and PPE is available on Ryerson’s Mask Use Guidelines webpage.

Classroom cleaning procedures

To clean and maintain spaces during COVID-19, Facilities Management and Development has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols and technology, such as electrostatic disinfection sprays and sanitizing agents, to support the prevention of viral transmission through disinfection. Additionally, we have installed cleaning wipe dispensers in offices and will be installing them in classrooms as well in preparation for the fall semester. For more information about Ryerson’s cleaning procedures, visit How Ryerson Cleans Spaces on the COVID-19 webpage.

Deep-cleaning and disinfection is taking place nightly in all common-use and high-traffic facilities, such as classrooms, labs, study spaces and computer rooms. Cleaning in these spaces is concentrated on floors and high-touch surfaces. For more information about Ryerson’s cleaning procedures, visit How Ryerson Cleans Spaces on the COVID-19 webpage.

Classes have been scheduled to allow time between classes for air flushing  as well as any cleaning that might be required. While the air flushing process can be completed in some cases in as few as 10 minutes all breaks between courses are scheduled to be a minimum of 30 minutes.